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period. and that there is 1 one for one replacement, so that all of the folks currently living there have a place in the new development. where they can go, that is appropriately sized, et cetera. and that there is good monitoring and tracking. so that this time people just don't kind of fall through the cracks and not end up back, sort of for administrative or bureaucratic reasons and the other thing that is important about this legislation that is an added right. is that there is an appeal process that will be setup. as of now, even though there are some federally given relocation rights if they are violated, people have little recourse. , but a lawsuit and what this would do is actually make a very simple process where people can go to the rent board and appeal their case, if they
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thought their relocation rights were violated. so we wanted to point out that is a very new and important piece that this legislation offers. >> thank you, next speaker. >> my name is mr. lavell shaw. i support the right to return policy, too. but i also want to make it clear on residents, on the good standing process. because we do not have it clear about what they mean by "good standing." because that could mean various things. to make it clear, so when we make the right to return policy we make it clear on what "good standing" means for the residents? a lot of lo income residents stated as before, african-americans and that is who i represent, the african-american population, the majority and pacific islanders populations. i i think people should know that and san francisco should know we have been driven from our neighborhoods. all of the people in our neighbors are not bad. so we need to have the right to rush
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policy, return policy, because we want to stay in neighbors that we were born and raised in and have the same rights as another neighborhoods any other speakers? thank you our mayor owes office of housing and the housing authority as well. thank you for being here. supervisor cohen? >> thank you. so one of the current speakers earlier spoke of having a voucher and being able to return. i assume you are talking about a certificate of preference? >> [ inaudible ] [ inaudible ]
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>> the voucher i was referring to is under the previous program, what has happened is that tenants are given a voucher that isn't enough to pay rent in san francisco. so people are forced to find someplace where the rent is cheap enough to use the voucher. so the right to return would be a different system that would provide -- it doesn't specify what kind of housing would be provided in the interim, but what it's specific on is after the new building was completed the tenant would be able to return and live in that building, and wouldn't be forced to relocation completely out of city. >> thank you. one of the things that i find interesting is when people talk about the african-american experience in san francisco and out-migration and one key point i hope to drive home, when we talk about economic development, we also talk about it in context of workforce development. when we talk about our budget situation where we are in the city, we also talk about cuts
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by virtue of simultaneously talking about revenue. when we talk about the african-american out-mike migration rarely do we talk about recruitment and retention. when we begin to talk to developers about who they use to market and where they market? that really has a significant impact as to which audience they are actually capturing? now if the city was truly interested in increasing the african-american population, then i would put that the city needs to take the initiative, as well as lead developers. when we are marketing these new rental units on the market,
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that we are advertising in ebony and essence and jet and some of the african-american journals, publications and associations, so we're able to capturethis community, this market. you said yourself 25% live in public housing. there is an unbelievable amount of wealth within the african-american community, as well as education. when we look at thriving cities like atlanta, washington, d.c., chicago -- i won't use detroit because that is a different situation. but really my rant does have a point. my point is that we really need to get serious about this outmigration. task forces have said it and there is only so much government can do and we really need to begin to hold our
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private partners accessible. if you are truly look to recruel talented african-americans to come and live in this city, to work for our corporations, to establish businesses then we need to go and speak to them where they are. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor olague? >> yes, i just wanted to thank supervisor cohen for her comments. because we don't talk about inmigration enough and then sometimes when we have talked about the local hiring around construction, i wonder how do we make sure some that some of those folks from the community, who have been displaced or who are part of the outmigration, how can they access some of those jobs? so i think there are more conversations that we need to have around that sort of thing, but thank you for your comments. >> thank you. >> i think that my understanding is that this
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gentleman asked about the who is being excluded from the right to return legislation? i think the only households that i understand would be excluded would be those who have been evicted. so if you have not been evicted, i think then you could be considered for return to your homes. you know? that is my understanding. >> supervisor cohen. >> thank you very much. this is something that i forget to mention and i'm also a co-sponsor on this, too. as we are less than 90 days with the rebuild of hunters view. we have had zero displacement and we're getting ready within the next 80 plus days to welcome new families into their units. but what mr. shaw was talking about is what exactly does "good standing" mean? so "good standing" and this is for the record, this is where i'm concerned. there is a culture that is sometimes developed in housing
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where people have been able to get away with not paying their rent. now i understand that we have changed that and we now have the accounting practices to keep people in -- keep better records. but in that vein people in housing are going through a process, the tenants going through a process it become fiscally healthy and understand how to manage their dollars. yes, there is a code of ethicks that did details in writing what is "good standing," and i'm sensitive to what mr. shaw was saying it's a little nebulous about what exactly. arbitrary and i think the arbitrariness that mr. shaw is concerned about and i am concerned with. the housing authority folks are here. >> if i miss finish,
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supervisor. sorry about that. >> that is okay. because it's not so much up to the housing authority. >> right. >> because as it relates to hunters view, the property apartment is going to be relinquished from the housing [tho-rts/] to john stewart. so in that transition, what if any changes will be made to that "standard of good standing?" >> yes. >> that is a little bit unclear and we within the to make sure and ensure had a every resident that is there now and any unit of housing, when the transition happens from the housing authority to the private management company. that no one is lost or as we heard earlier today, falls through the cracks in the midst of that transition. >> thank you. supervisor olague, did you want to ask mr. alvarez? >> again, thank you, mr.
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alvarez and kyle, i forgot your last flame, for [tpha*-eufpl/], for name of for all of your assistance. i have heard a lot of concerns around displacement at those sites. so i don't know if you could len to this. >> supervisor, thank you, henry alvarez from the housing authority. i don't know much about marcus gardens. we don't manage those, but in hunters view the notion of right to return and we believe that is an important clarification that and distinction that needs to be made is simply if you are not evicted or being evicted, you will have the right to return. once the buildings are done and
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reoccupied they will no longer be under the housing authority's management. so the issue becomes simply a third party manager trying to manage those properties. different from what we do now, because they will be debt-laden. so the resources this they recover from rent will be used to pay their debt payment. and there will be substantial amounts of debt on those properties. whereas in our current public housing facilities, there is no debt that we have to pay. there is just the general maintenance and upkeep is what we typically use our rents for. so on the other side of the aisle, when the third party management takes over, not only must they have enough resources to pay that debt, but they must have enough resources to do the ongoing maintenance and capital improvements. so in those record there's is going -- regards there is going to be
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significant pressure to collect those rents. so at hope sf, we're reeducating that planning, and other lifestyle and to answer supervisor cohen as question, i don't imagine that. we continue to have safety net provisions so that if individuals are unable to meet the transformation in these areas about how we would place a safety net to protect those clients. we envision when we're all done and those provisions will be in place and vetted. and i think they will be acceptable this that no one will generally be displaced for
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their inability to transform into the new moil, which is not the model that we talked about under hope 6, in fact, san francisco you will be leading the nation with this right to return process and one for one reblame. no one else in the country is doing that. >> it's brilliant. it's good. >> thank you. >> supervisor olague. >> i was wondering director lee if you had anything to add to that? then i was going to ask ann marie rogers to give a report back from the planning commission meeting. >> as director alvarez says, this is leading the nation and this is one of those things, which i call "only in san francisco." i do want to make it clear that hope sf always
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had the principle of right to return. it was clearly a principle on when the process of hope sf was built upon and a foundation in which we're moving forward. so we clearly support the legislation. and it really is very, very different than what other communities have done in rebuilding distressed public housing. we're fortunate at hunters view and at alice griffith that we have adjacent parcels and lower density so we can have on-site relocation. so we're not going to lose people from that elocation process, giving them vouchers and moving them anywhere in either the city or across the bay as the [ka-euts/] case the might be. we should be able to contain
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all the residents in housing and not leaving the site for temporary relocation as the case may be. the mayor's office supports the amended legislation and look forward seeing you at the opening of hadn'ters view. in the very near future. new families will be moving in prior to thanksgiving, but not quite sure when we'll have the opening event, but it's very different than what the rest of the country is doing. san francisco should be proud had a we're doing that in the manner and we hope to be continuing this work at alice grifth, for which we got a choice neighborhood grant. we look forward to working
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hopefully at potrero. >> thank you sahara showered. >> emily rogers from the planning department staff. you are all familiar to how the code are referred for input and you may not beware that other municipal code changes may be referred from the clerks to the department. in this case, the commission heard about this ordinance and they proactively wanted to weigh in. they knew that they had some hope sf entitlements coming before them and wanted to ensure that the city does this right. so i'm looking at the ordinance last week, the commission voted 7-0 to recommend endorsement of the policy for the right to return ordinance. and that is my report. thank you. >> yes, supervisor cohen? so
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let me just thank everyone for testifying. thank you to supervisors olague and cohen. he did know some of the familis families from the hope 6 project and i know that did displace a number of folks and i know that hope sf has learned from the past and i would like to be added as a co-sponsor. i know we have an amendment today. we're going to continue the item because of the substantive amendment. supervisor olague. >> i will just go through the amendments. >> you are going to read the amendments for the record and then we'll change them [stkpwh-fplt/] change the current tenant definite to current household and this change is accepted and revised and the intent is to consider all members of a household as one household for the purposes of the right to return.
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remove the prior tenant's definition. this change is accepted since the right to return would be extended to residents that are considered by existing law to be displaced temporary or permanently. add the term "comparable to the definition of, "replacement units." this change is accepted and revised in order to mintain consistency with federal law. remove "relocation apeas board," references. this change is accepted in two parts. for the purposes of he relocation plan review, the appeals reference was removed and replaced with "the city funding agency." any project that is funded by a city agency will require that agency to review the relocation plan for compliance with local polices and issue a non-binding advisory statement. all relocation claim appeals will be heard about an administrative law just from
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the rent stabilization and arbitration board. language was added in order to authorize the board to conduct hearings. and time change public housing development project definition to "hope sf public housing development project." this change was not accepted. it's the goal of the legislation to provide the right to return to all public housing residents that are being displaced. >> thank you. so if there is no discussion on the amendments, colleagues, can we take those amendments without objection? great, thank you, [ gavel ] >> and can we continue this item until next week, which is our land use committee meeting? it will actually be october 15th, october 8th is a holiday. colleagues can we continue to this our next meeting to october 15th without objection? [ gavel ] . thank you. miss miller, are there necessity other items before us? >> no, there are no further
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matters. >> thank you everyone. meeting adjourned [ gavel ] >> okay, if we an have everybody take their seats. okay, good morning. we're going to get warm because you're all together. but we really want to welcome all of you today to the opening of our new city, new bridge hiv research facility. let's give it a hand. [cheering and applauding]
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>> one of the greatest honors that i have and barbara garcia, the director of health and one of the greatest honors i have is the critical staff that i get to work with. and one of those incredible staffs is going to be susan [speaker not understood]. [cheering and applauding] >> susan is a premiere doctor in our community, in our san francisco general hospital focused on hiv and aids. ands as importantly and sometimes even more, her importance of being a researcher in the area of hiv and aids and is a renowned world leader in this area. by the way, we have many of you who are, well, world renowned researchers also in the midst of all of us. i'm the principal investigator on this project and that means that i'm supposed to be in charge of making sure it happens. so, we're 70% done and you're seeing one of the major parts
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of it today. and i want to introduce susan so we can get the show on the road. so, thank you so much. (applause) >> well, i want to welcome you all here today for the launch of our state offices aids renovation project otherwise known as soar. and i'm susan buck binder. i'm speaking on behalf of the entire aids office. we are fortunate to be a world class research organization housed within the health department which is pretty much unique globally. we have three amazing sections that we work with. the first is the surveillance epidemiology section. they really started at the very beginning of the hiv epidemic in tracking what was then known as grid and other term and became aids and then also tracking new cases of hiv
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infection. and, so, there's really been leaders around the world in how to track trends in new infections and that is what helps us drive both our prevention and our treatment program. they share their data around the world. they are leaders in helping other organizations around the world set up their own surveillance group. this was led by dr. susan sheer and dr. willie mcfar land and i want to acknowledge them and their entire team. (applause) >> the hiv prevention section formerly led it now it's led by tracy packer who is here in the crowd. (applause) >> and stacey leads an amazing team of people. they not only oversee and set
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the priorities for hiv prevention in the entire city and serve as really, again, one of the flagship prevention programs globally in making decisions about how to have the biggest impact on driving down new infections. but they're also a world class research organization that does research on testing, on linkage to care, community viral load, treatment of substance use as a way to prevent new hiv infections. and she, again, has a very difficult verse and very talented team and we're really excited to work with them as well. (applause) >> and then finally i want to introduce my staff. we were formally known as the hiv research section. but as you can see we have these other world class research organizations housed in our same institution. so, we've renamed ourselves bridge hiv. and i'm going to tell you a little story because i have
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sitting here. we got a grant from the tap root organization, which is a group that does pro bono work for nonprofit organizations in a variety of areas. and tim led two of our projects, one of which was to help us rename ourselves because we knew that it was confusing for us to be called the hiv research section when so many of us do research. we are called bridge hiv because we're a bridge to the east bay, to our international collaboraters, from the past, the very beginning of the epidemic when there was a research study called the san francisco clinic city cohort study or the hepatitis b cohort study, that specimens from is that study were used to develop the very first hiv antibody test to where a link to the past and the future. so, we're a link to the past and the future, and more than anything we're a link to the community. and our motto is where science meets community. our team does really cutting
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edge research on different kinds of prevention strategies, pre-exposure prophylaxis. and if you go to our website, join prep hiv, you'll see all of the many exciting studies that we have as well as our partnership with san francisco city clinic in launching the first demonstration project of pre-exposure prophylaxis, taking antihiv medicines to prevent new infections. we're studying topical gels, retro microbicide. the way we're going to end this epidemic is through a vaccine, we've controlled other infectious diseases through a cure. we're proud of our staff who contribute to this as well as the many study participants. and i'm just going to close with a quick word about the project. the way that this project came about was actually one of our
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staff members, janey vincent who is our graphic designer, you'll see some of her beautiful work inside, noticed that there was -- she's hiding. (applause) >> she noticed that president obama had designated part of his stimulus money to nih for the national institutes of health and they were putting a billion dollars to research infrastructure, biomedical research infrastructure, something that's never happened before. she said, you know, we don't have enough space in our section. all of the three units had grown so much that we really needed more space. she said, do you think we could apply for this money? and, so, the three units came together and our goals were one, to be able to fully really advance the science that we're doing by enrolling large diverse groups of study participants and we didn't have
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enough room to do that. the second was that we wanted to increase the space that we have so we could share collaboratively so we could work together with each other. and the third was really to engage with community. and we didn't have a large community space on-site. and, so, you'll see the space, see the additional clinical space that we've added. you'll see the additional rooms that we've added for conferences, formal and informal gatherings to staff as well as video conferencing capabilities for a greenway of communicating with our colleagues globally. and then finally, we're going to have a very beautiful, large community stage, it's that stage of the construction is not complete but you'll get a chance to see the status of that. so, again, i want to thank you all. and i now want to welcome mayor ed lee. we're so proud to have mayor lee here to be in the city led by mayor lee. and, again, none of this could happen, none of our activities
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could happen without the support of the city. that's what makes us such a unique organization. it's what -- we've always had such strong support from the city. so, mayor lee, thank you. (applause) >> thank you. thank you, susan and barbara, and thank you all for coming out today on this ribbon cutting on a very, very important center of research. we have never given up on this fight to end aids, and i am so thankful to be working with supervisor scott weaner and supervisor david campos and the board of supervisors. and we have through the budget year in and year out, and particularly this last couple years, where state and federal funds may have been waiting. we stood up and said, we are continuing this fight at the highest level to make sure we fund everything we can to end this aids epidemic. you know, i've been


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